GRATEFUL NATION: WWII Vet Finally Receives Medals

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An army veteran in Waterloo received quite a surprise Saturday. James Dean was presented with three medals he earned, but never received from World War II.

Representative Bruce Braley gave the medals to Dean at a Waterloo nursing home Saturday afternoon.

“It’s an honor to present James with the medals he earned so long ago for his service in the Army, and I’m proud that we can finally honor him properly,” Braley said.  “James served our country with valor, and it’s my privilege to award these medals on behalf of a grateful nation.”

Dean enlisted in the army in 1942 but never received the decorations he earned from his years of service.

He says it’s an honor to finally have them, “Well I feel honored that I served in the service and I put my time in there for my country and I feel that I did a great deal,” said Dean.

The 89 year old was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War Two Victory Medal.

Dean says he’ll display them proudly on his wall at the nursing home.